Health benefits and football

Football is a hugely popular sport – if you play competitively or just for fun, it helps keep you fit and brings you health benefits of other aerobic activities as well as some strengthening exercises.

Football is an impact sport which, when played frequently, can be harsh on your joints compared to other non-weight bearing activities like swimming or cycling. Be sure to seek medical advice if you or your young footballer experience any ongoing pain during or after playing.

Football contributes to the recommended amount of aerobic activity and brings benefits including reducing risk against certain chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. It helps improve cardiovascular health and young players should see their endurance increase over time if played frequently.

The combination of running, walking, sprinting and kicking can bring benefits including increased stamina, improved cardiovascular health, reduced body fat, improved muscle strength and tone, increased bone strength and improved coordination.

Playing regular sports helps improve symptoms of some mental health issues like depression and stress, can lead to increased confidence and self-esteem, and can help to reduce anxiety.